In this episode we swap Sheer Mag’s 2017 release “Need to Feel Your Love” and Donald Fagen’s “The Nightfly”. Released in 1982, “The Nightfly” was Donald Fagen’s first solo album after the breakup of Steely Dan. Using many of the same musicians, Fagen crafts one of the masterpieces of it’s day and the first digitally recorded album. Hailing from Philadelphia by way of New York, Sheer Mag’s first album is chock full of great riffs, angst and grit . With it’s low-fi recording style, this album grabs you and never let’s go!
Anderson .Paak and Primus are the albums swapped in Episode 12. Malibu is the second album from Paak whose attention to detail is not just part of his name but evident in his music. Malibu was a breakthrough album for Paak spawning four singles and a Grammy nomination. Sailing the Seas of Cheese is the second album from San Francisco’s Primus, released in 1991 and contains the classic song “Jerry was a Race Car Driver.”
Episode 12 also debuts a new format. After taking some time to review the first 10 episodes we’ve decided to change the format a bit. Instead of reviewing all songs we now have a segment called “The Good, The Bad and the Boogie!” We still have some artist background and other segments such as our scoring but the hashtags are gone! We hope you enjoy the new format and appreciate any feedback.
Anderson .Paak “Malibu”
Primus “Sailing the Seas of Cheese”
Heartbreakers and Backstabbers are discussed in episode 11 where this week’s albums are from Ryan Adams and The O’Jays. Backstabbers was a groundbreaking 70s soul/funk release from the O’Jays defining the Philly Soul sound. The hit single Love Train was a huge success along with several other singles from Backstabbers.
Heartbreaker was Ryan Adam’s first solo album after the breakup of Whiskeytown. Recording in Nashville with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings the album has tones of Bob Dylan, Bo Diddley and American Roots music. Heartbreaker would be the first of many albums Adams would release in the early 2000s.